Leave the bears alone and don’t entice them into your yard with garbage lying around. (File photo)

EDITORIAL: Bear facts reveal humans a nuisance

People still not getting the message to keep garbage under wraps

It’s getting to be that time of the year to deal with the bear necessities.

Yes, bears are being spotted in many places these days. Some of them make the news, or disrupt the kids in their classes. More barrage neighbourhood social media networks from Port Alice to Saanich.

Judging from Facebook that lights up every time one is seen, you’d think it was something that rarely happens. But, believe it or not, there are a lot of bears out there and it’s no big deal. Leave them alone and they’ll go home.

RELATED: Vancouver Island’s bear patrol is watching your garbage

For goodness sake, don’t pull out your phone and try to photograph them when they’re in your sights. And, of course, do not feed them.

Bears and humans have coexisted for generations, but it seems a lot more complicated today because people continually act inappropriately.

Continued human intervention has become the bane of bears’ existence. Stupidity has led to many being put down unnecessarily and, make no mistake about it, conservation officers will put them down if they’re deemed to be a public threat. It doesn’t have to be like that.

The biggest thing is not to leave garbage lying around that will attract bears. And, it’s hard to understand, we know, but you do not have to put your garbage on the curbside the night before collection. It can be done in the morning.

That enticement has been proven to draw the attention of bears in many locations around the Island and particularly on the Lower Mainland where population is increasingly encroaching on habitat.

B.C. conservation officers are warning the public not to leave food out ahead of bears’ foraging season. Officers will be conducting ‘attractant audits’ and ticketing violators of the B.C. Wildlife Act. Penalties can range up to $575.

The sleepy creatures will be out searching for food before the hibernation season. Leaving out your garbage, pet food or fallen fruit can lure bears and create a public safety risk.

Once the animals become food-conditioned and habituated, that’s when they are dangerous to the public and not considered good candidates for relocation.

Common sense needs to prevail. So let’s use it.

RELATED: West Shore RCMP says hunter who injured bear with crossbow arrow was on a legal hunt

RELATED: Mother bear and cubs cause $500 in damage to B.C. orchard

Just Posted

Island company tastes sweet success with sugar kelp

Cascadia Seaweed is experiencing rapid growth after launching six months ago

Dunsmuir Middle School works with students following in-school protest over cell phone policy

Pupil said he wants students to be included in decisions that impact them

Island First Nations councillor says ‘Hereditary chiefs have the ultimate power’

Ahousaht future hereditary chief Jaiden George explains Indigenous governance.

Forestry strike, curtailment had far-reaching impact on Vancouver Island

Island business community buoyed by mediation breakthrough

BC Ferries gets injunction against demonstrations in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

The preemptive injunction is a ‘last resort in the interest of public safety,’ spokesperson says

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

Canucks acquire forward Tyler Toffoli from Kings in push for playoffs

Vancouver sends Schaller, Madden, pick to L.A.

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Nanaimo-bound ferry breaks down, but another available for service

Two sailings cancelled Sunday on Tsawwassen-Duke Point route

Most Read